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When we come together in nature, we not only know ourselves better, we remember that we are a part of a system - 

a system with a history & a future.

Flat Rock

Flat Rock, North Carolina was established as a place for making and creating. There were small, local industries and attempts to create sustainability in community through industry and education. 


Autumn Forest

Highland Lake Community

Highland Lake was originally dammed and created in the 1700s to run a mill. 

In recent history, the property had been used as a church retreat and camp before Kerry acquired it in the 1980's. 

Cherokee land

Of course, all of this land was the original  territory of the Indigenous Eastern Cherokee.

Highland Lake is located seventy miles east of the current federally recognized Cherokee Reservation. 

We honor the Spirit of this land and the history of the indigenous people, and we seek to continually learn from and honor the wisdom inherent to this place and native people. 


Purposeful Living

We seek to honor the original spirit and purpose of this land, and to infuse ourselves in it so that we may steward it for the future. 

We know from observation that the ecological environment is inherently renewable, left to its own devices. 

Therefore, we can learn from it. We can model a localized economy after this organic ecology, and if we stay close to nature, it will help us to always remember what's important. 

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